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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
23278  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  126  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2007-05-15  2008-10-22 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-10-22   2011-10-22  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
63649  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  132  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of engineering machining skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

The primary skill that is recognised in this qualification is the ability to produce components of some complexity using a variety of machining methods. This capability requires an understanding of advanced machining theory, detailed engineering drawings and a variety of tests and treatments used on engineering metals. Hand skills play a large role in this qualification.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they are doing to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.


Rationale for the qualification:

The field of engineering machining is characterized by work-to-order, low volume manufacture of components using different machining methods for use in a variety of industries including the automotive, metal, appliance manufacturing, plastic, tyre and rubber industries. People working in the engineering machining field require specialized technical skills and knowledge, as well as highly developed hand skills in order to adapt to and meet the requirements of the constantly changing products that must be manufactured.

This is a second qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in the field of engineering machining, specialising in engineering machining skills.

It also provides learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace with an opportunity to obtain credits through an RPL process.

The qualification also forms the basis for further learning in field of engineering and machining where the learner will be able to further specialize at NQF level 4. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes learners have a national certificate in engineering machining level 2.

If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Language and maths beyond basic literacy and numeracy
  • Basic concepts of science and technology related to machining methods, engineering materials and tools used in the machining process
  • An ability to produce simple components using a variety of machining methods
  • Concepts of organising factors in labour, business and the economy
  • Role and purpose of procedures related to workplace relationships, roles and responsibilities


    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit level outcomes:

    1. Demonstrate an ability to produce components of some complexity using a variety of machining methods and operations, meeting output requirements and working safely with due care for fellow workers and the environment.

    2. Demonstrate an ability to select and apply appropriate inspection methods to determine component compliance with specifications.

    3. Demonstrate an ability to read and interpret detailed engineering drawings.

    4. Select appropriate procedures to solve familiar problems within an engineering machining environment and operate within clearly defined contexts, with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.

    5. Communicate with peers, customers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to gather and summarise information from a range of sources and produce coherent presentations in a prescribed format.

    6. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria:

    1.1 Output and quality requirements are met.
    1.2 Safe working practices are adhered to.
    1.3 Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to the theoretical principles of machining and the various machining methods and their respective operations at this level.

    2.1 Appropriate inspection methods are chosen and applied.
    2.2 Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to various inspection methods and procedures and the principles underpinning such methods.

    3.1 Components and assemblies to be machined are identified and requirements interpreted from engineering drawing.
    3.2 Machined components and assemblies meet drawing specifications.

    4.1 Appropriate procedures are selected to solve problems in an efficient and effective manner.
    4.2 Unfamiliar problems are accurately reported to appropriate personnel.
    4.3 Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to familiar problems in the machining of components and assemblies.

    5.1 Information is gathered from a range of sources and accurately summarised into a prescribed format.
    5.2 Information is clear and accurate and presented in a timely manner in the required format to appropriate parties.
    5.3 Relationships with peers and supervisory./management levels are established and functioning.

    6.1 Options are explained.
    6.2 Preparation requirements are explained.
    6.3 Learning plan is developed.


    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts. Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance.

    Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration while others may not. In some case inference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.

    It will be necessary to necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, the series of qualifications in the field of mechanical engineering covering machining, fitting, fitting and machining, and tooling manufacture specialisations, of which this qualification forms a part, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in New Zealand and Australia. It was found to be difficult to compare the New Zealand and Australian narrow focus qualifications with these broad-based qualifications that also include fundamentals and generic core standards. It was further difficult to undertake such comparisons given that the New Zealand and Australian qualifications, although they are in the same field of mechanical engineering and cover the same areas of specialisation (thus containing a large degree of similar content) are conceptualized as three year qualifications without exit level outcomes at the intermediate levels (NQF levels 2 and 3). This notwithstanding, the technical content of this series of qualifications for mechanical engineering (with the various specialisations) of which the highest qualification is at level 4 does correspond with the equivalent level of qualification in mechanical engineering (with the various specialisations) in Australia and New Zealand. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another.
    Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally, holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification as well as the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualification in the field of mechanical engineering (machining) - with a minimum of 3 years' experience working in the field. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices.

    3. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interests of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and language of the learner

    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.

    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by unit standard 63649, which is "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling", Level 3, 132 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13294  Produce components by performing engineering grinding operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  13296  Produce components by performing engineering milling operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Core  13295  Produce components by performing engineering turning operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9528  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9529  Compile feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13275  Perform heat treatment processes on engineering metals  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13260  Perform non-destructive tests on metal parts and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13298  Produce detailed engineering drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13274  Test the physical properties of engineering metals  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    2. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Charles Good Year Campus 
    3. Eastcape Training Centre 
    4. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    5. Hansing Engineering (Pty) Ltd (SALDANHA) (TP) 
    6. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    7. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Training Centre 
    8. Northlink College - Goodwood Campus 
    9. Shukela Training Centre 
    10. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    11. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    12. Tshwane South Public FET College - Centurion Campus 
    13. Tshwane South Public FET College - Odi Campus 
    14. Umfolozi FET College 
    15. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    16. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    17. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (BLUFF) (TP) 



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